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plan. >> excellence. >> well executed. >> i thank you. >> a lot of criticism of fema back in katrina. today we hear nothing but good about fema. >> i thank craig would lives and breathes this stuff. >>neil: not so fast because all in rescueville is not so great. a lot of the folks they represent would like to kick them in the ass. this is the reality. welcome, everyone, not so happy friday. mr. president, you may want to wait on the "heck of a job" thing because rescue efforts have become heck of a joke for folks in the northeast fuming. because the help isn't coming. in gas. no power. no food. they have had it. >> restaurants and boats and homes are looted. >> the coast guard has not been here to help. >> come here and walk into the streets here. the water is this high. you have to wear the waders. >>neil: that is just on staten island. homes are swamps. motorists are stuck if -- in gas lines, four hours or more if you can find a place to fill in. two-thirds of gas stations even now in new york and new jersey remain shut down. out of juice. out of gas. thousands are fuming, out of p
. >>> one positive, timing of sandy struck right as the new fiscal year was just beginning. that means fema's coffers are full. there's $7 billion congress appropriated for disaster fund, plus another billion left over from 2012. that should last fema through the end of the year, but with sandy expected to cost upwards of $60 billion, the odds are that congress is going to have to allocate more this winter. plus, if washington doesn't strike a deal to avoid the sequester cuts january 1st, that fiscal cliff thing, fema will take a $900 million hit. so what does all this mean? nbc's mike viqueira is back at the white house. any word from the white house on this? >> reporter: well, i mean, the short answer to your question, steve, is we don't know. and this may not surprise anybody, but it depends on who the occupant of this building is going to be come january 21st. i mean, there are a couple competing different plans out there. remember, the fiscal year, as you pointed out, always started october the 1st. congress, before leaving town very early to get on the campaign trail, extended one of
bloomberg predicting more bodies will be found. and president obama fema headquarters this morning, holding a conference call with the governors of new york, new jersey, and connecticut. and it's that '70s show in the garden state all over again. new jersey governor chris christie ordering odd-even rationing to ease the incredibly long lines. and odd numbers on the license plates, odd days and even numbers on the plates, in some 12 counties and governor mitt romney wrapping up an event in new hampshire and governor gin cal travelling with him. we'll talk to him in a few moments. back to staten island and the storm after the storm. those escaping death now pleading with city officials for food, water, and any help they can get. to anna kooiman on staten island now, anna? >> all right, well, good morning to you, neil. yeah, you mentioned over 169 deaths at least caused by hurricane sandy and 22 of those right here on staten island at least. and as police are saying, those numbers could be going up, as they continue to uncover debris and potentially find more bodies. we're about 300 yards from
for shutting down fema and passing the responsibility on to the states. >> fema is about to run out of money and some people say do it on a case-by-case basis and some who say maybe we're learning a lesson here the states should take on more of this role. >> absolutely. every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector that's even better. we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we're taking in. >> including disaster relief? >> we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. it is simply immoral in my view. for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debt and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we'll all be dead and gone before it's paid off makes no sense at all. >> just to recap, governor romney, at least the governor romney of 2011, believed the government could not afford programs like fema and i said it was immoral and made no sense to keep spending money on disaster relie
damage he has ever seen. he also said that fema will play a very strong role in the cleanup and recovery and rebuilding of this region. 83 miles long. most of it affected by this storm in a very, very big way. of course, that is part of the genesis of the meeting with the president today. the plane is now landing, i am told the president had just moments ago stopped by the fema headquarters before coming up here. and now we are told that he has landed in atlantic city. tyler, we'll be watching this meeting. we'll tell you the latest as we have it but for now, back over to you in the studio. >> kayla, thanks very much. as you just saw, air force one touching down at the atlantic city regional airport there. he's going to get aboard one of those two helicopters, along with governor chris christie of new jersey, and first do a helicopter tour of some of the devastation in the atlantic city area and up and down the jersey shorelines. then he will get out and go on foot in to some of the areas. we'll, of course, follow that story for you and bring you the images as we get them in the building
. fema officials arrived there today with food and supplied. governor christie's office announced today that new jersey transit will restart with service tomorrow. officials are working to expand the limited service of the subways. amtrack will begin to run partial service of the city tomorrow. growing problem will be lines at stations stretching for more than a mile. in the city of yonkers officials are limits customers to no more than ten gallons. in south manhattan people went through dumpsters today to look for unspoiled food thrown out by a super market. officials warning that the east coast could be hit by another storm this time next week. the devastation on staten island the new york borough that was the hardest hit. we get the latest from nbc news correspondent. anne? >> good evening. three days after the hurricane. people in this community are accusing government agencies here than with the wealthier parts of the city. every person on this block lost everything. >> staten island has had enough. >> we want everyone to know that we are hurting here and we need help. >> residents
revenue to the federal government, you've got to go after fema, which actually fema's not driving us into debt, look at the numbers. you've got to go after big bird, big bird's not driving us into debt, go after -- >> not going after the firefighters -- >> you've got to go where the money is. you rob the banks because that's where the money is. if you want to save america, you have to go where the money is. that's health care, that's medicare, medicaid, social security. you've got to reform them in a way. and i'm not saying voucher systems, this is about math. you've got to reform them in a way that would save those systems, save this country. and then you got to go after defense spending. fema, come on. this is ridiculous. really? seriously? we want delaware governor, new jersey's governor fighting -- no. you need the federal government to step in and help coordinate. i've been in the middle of these calls. >> yeah. >> when you have killer storms coming toward the coastline. i've been in the middle of these calls, and let me tell you something, you've got to have somebody out of was
been all over. fema has been fantastic. and responsive and working these types of situations. i have total respect for the job that fema is doing. i want to thank them very much as well as the army corps of engineers. as you all know, one of the major problems still is the water in the tunnels, the water has receded, so when you drive around, it looks like most of the water is gone, but the water filled the subway tunnels in many places, fill the brooklyn battery tunnel, and when the water fills the tunnels, that means con-edison has issues. much of con-ed's equipment was in the tunnels, so getting the water out of the tunnels probably the main -- one of the main orders of business right now. first a transportation update. as you know, the new york city buses are at full service today. thank you, mr. joe and your extraordinary team. there will be limited commuter rail service on metro north and on the long island railroad which will begin 2:00 p.m. today. okay? limited commuter rail service on metro north and limited new york city subway service subpoena meanted by a business bridge
obama. >> and at 2 a.m. i got a call from fema and signed a couple of declarations, and give credit to the president, on the phone with me, three times, and anything i've asked for and i thank the president publicly for that he's done as far as i'm concerned a great job for new jersey. charles: of course, chris christie is known as a straight shooter and argue that president obama has looked presidential during the storm so far, what do you think, david? >> well, all he has to do is do his job and it's not going to help or hurt him i think on the political front, it's a matter of just appearing that i've taken care of whatever the states have asked me to do. fema will have to do their responsibilities and we'll see how that plays out over the days. >> it plays for governor romney. both of these guys, you cannot ignore a fact a week from today is the election. charles: right. >> so, he has to do everything he can -- well, the president has to do everything he has to do. charles: how does it help romney. >> criticize iffed he doesn't do his job. he's criticized if he does too much and
, emergency supplies, and we have over 2,000 fema personnel that are on the ground right now. their job, now that we're moving out of the search and rescue phase, is to make sure that they are going out and talking to individual communities, so that people know exactly how they can get the help that they need. >> new jersey congressman frank palone was with governor christie today. he is with us now, he represents new jersey's sixth congressional district, which is a shoreline district, fronting both new york harbor and the atlantic ocean. sir, thanks very much for your time. i know you've been all over your district in the past couple of days. what kind of damage are you seeing along the coast and in the cities of your district? >> it's all kinds of damage. i mentioned union beach to you before. that's a place where maybe three or four blocks from the bay, from the rarington bay, the storm surge came in and the waves were pounding on top of the houses. so some house just washed away completely. others were pounded to rubble. i had never seen anything like that before. there are other places
of snow, so already starting to fall, and fema, federal emergency management agency, says the storm damage from wind alone could reach $3 billion. we're also going to be hearing from the president about 45 minutes or so from the white house. he is going to be making a statement, updating the conditions of what the federal government is doing to tackle this horrific storm. forecasters expect that sandy will make landfall as early as tonight. the eye of the storm appears headed for jersey shore. the delmarva peninsula. it's an area that includes delaware, parts of maryland and urban search and rescue teams already standing by in maryland, waiting for deployment orders from fema. coastal maryland getting ready, already pounded by a strong waves, high surf. martin o'malley is following developments from the emergency management center. governor, first of all, thanks for joining us. i know this is a very busy time for you. i was just in maryland over the weekend visiting with family and friends, and clearly a lot of people right now quite tense about what is about to take place. you have search
a conference call with fema. they have about $3.6 billion left in their disaster contingency fund. that's as of october 26th. they're also saying that president obama when he made that major disaster declaration for new jersey and for new york, he did that verbally. what that meant was they were able to cut through a lot of the red tape and move this process along and get the response going even before the disaster happened. they're also saying that fema is dispatching housing inspectors to go out and take a look at the claims. they want to avoid any kind of massive fraud problems. they say they've been able to bring that down over the past couple years. they'd like to continue to do that. they're going to have boots on the ground verifying some of these housing disaster claims in person. so a lot of response here from the federal government across the board. so far, the folks at fema telling us they think they have enough money to do the job. >> all right. thanks so much, eamon javers. >> and from government losses to trading losses. we know we won't be getting a check from fema, so wh
of governor romney, his flip-flopping. for example, on the issue of fema, he was suggesting months ago that maybe you don't need a federal emergency management agency, maybe you can just let each state fend for itself. now, imagine where we would be if someone had actually taken that advice and killed fema. you would have new york, new jersey, each fighting with each other for scarce resources, for fuel, for power, for electric line repair, competing against each other to bring in assistance from other states instead of having someone to coordinate it and push it. >> we obviously saw the extraordinary scenes this week in many ways of governor christie in new jersey, sort of metaphorically putting his arm around the president, telling him what a great president he was. last thing you would have expected say two weeks ago. what did you make of that? >> i thought it was a fair appraisal. look, governor christie and new jersey has a real problem. jersey shore devastated, plus all the electric outages and problems throughout a large part of the state. of course governor christie needs help.
important. i mean, obviously we want this to be bipartisan and it has been. we're trying to get fema in there. i spent most of the day trying to get fema in to the various towns and setting up headquarters and going door to door to help people. but we've been getting total cooperation from the white house and from governor christie. >> let me bring in cynthia tucker here. this whole question here, let me look at some of these numbers. 78% think the president handled it pretty well. i want to show you this picture of the president with this woman at the airport. i think people are going to remember this. >> we're going to help you get it all together. i promise. i promise. you're going to be okay. everybody's safe. that's the most important thing and then we're going to get this whole thing set up. >> you know, cynthia, one thing that i liked about this, and this isn't politics, when the president said the other night, i'll return your call in 15 minutes. that has been a critique of this white house, that it has been a bit isolated, a bit in a bubble. you know what i'm talking about.
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barack obama's leadership style. and there were some references to fema and exactly the role of the federal government in emergencies. but i just think this quantifies -- i think it changes the race in the sense that it changes the tone of the last few days. and i do think that the president has managed whether it's just us inside the beltway that like the symbolism of barack obama and chris christie and chris christie's endorsement. actually the takeaway for people around the country who are all watching this closely. when i've spoken to people in texas, i've spoken to people in california, they're all focused on this story. seeing the president in the role of president does have an impact on some undecided voters, i think. i think that there was that leadership role which he managed to fulfill, and he fulfilled it well. >> it's just an awkward situation for the romney campaign. since sandy made landfall earlier this week, we mentioned fema. mitt romney has been facing questions about his plans for funding fema and disaster response. something he suggested turning back to th
. >> obama and christie touring a shelter for residents who lost everything. >>. [ inaudible ] >> fema will be coordinating. >> and walking a neighborhood among the hardest hit. >> among the surprises a president not known for displaying affection showed it this day. >> i promise, you will going to be okay. >> and governor chris christie one of mitt romney's stop attack dogs. >> let's give you the plane t k ticket back to chicago. >> it has been a great working relationship. >> the storm's political map on the plus side for the president acting as emergency responder in chief. >> i instituted a 15 minute rule you return the phone calls in 15 minutes. if they need something we figure out a way to say yes. >> demonstrating a well-funded federal government can help. >> part of the reason we will be able to respond quickly to all of this is that they help that fema financing was in place. leaving aside campaign jabs for post-crisis unit. >> you see neighbors helping neighbors and you are reminded what america is all about. >> on the downside, if power isn't restored to hundreds of thousan
, things of that nature are all freed up. just got this from the white house, fema is going door-to-door, people might need assistance at the coast guard and taking the lead to identify hazardous floodwaters. not exactly the cleanest water on earth. how do you dispose of that and also fema will support any request from state officials who need help with polling places next week, only a few days from the federal election. the irs is granting taxpayers affected by the hurricane until november 7th if they were supposed to file returns or payments for today. the fdic telling financial institutions if they are having problems with their reporting timeline they can contact them as well. campaign continues tomorrow. mitt romney will be in virginia. president obama back on the campaign trail. green bay, wisconsin, boulder, colorado, las vegas. melissa: thanks for that report. ashley: let's get back to check the markets. the dow up by 35 points and have been in this range for a while. nicole petallides on the nyse. big movers in the wake of sandy. nicole: we will follow sandy at aftermath
, and fema's deputy administrator scheduled to arrive in staten island. the new york city borough where 19 people died because of the storm. many residents there are feeling desperate. they're feeling overlooked, and they're getting angry, saying they've received little emergency aid. nbc's ann curry spent the day there yesterday. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> reporter: staten island has had enough. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here, and we need help immediately. >> reporter: residents here are asking why hasn't more help arrived? >> i think that we're not getting the attention because we are, you know, a working-class neighborhood and kind of just like fend for yourself kind of thing. >> reporter: on the debris-strewn streets of this community where the death toll has risen to at least 19, fury and frustration played out on live television. >> but you need to come here and help us. we need assistance, please. >> reporter: staten island's borough president calls it an absolute disgrace. >> the red cross, it's nowhere to be found. all
. fema is flying in food, supplies, and personnel. >> we're all in this together. we are desperately trying to help everybody. we're trying to prioritize. >> across the river in hoboken, new jersey, national guard rescues continue. up and down the devastated jersey shore, natural gas service being cut with utility crews scrambling to plug hundreds of explosive leaks. on new york city, staten island, all the worst that sandy brought is all coming home. >> total, total devastation. i live a mile from the beach. how did that water get to my house? >> and there has not been as much attention on staten island as there should have been. so much heart ache out there. the 88 people who lost their lives in the storm, 13 in the city. two were young boys, brothers who might have survived. that's what their mom says. if her story bears out, it wouldn't have taken a miracle either. just a neighbor doing the right thing. gary tuckman has their story. >> reporter: a ford explore er on the side of the street in the staten island, new york. the car seats remain where two little boys, brandon and conn
's quite a bear. he looks like a man in charge. everybody is reminded romney wanted to outsource fema to the states. what a dumb move to have taken given what's happened here. >>> mitt romney's halloween mask. mr. bipartisan. do you believe it? trick-or-treat. i don't think it's going to work with anybody. anyway. or this is just another etch-a-sketch moment. >>> and joe walsh, remember that guy? he may be the one republican member of congress most democrats want to see defeated. olympic met me finish with the metamorphosis of mitt romney from, well, caterpillar to butterfly? that is "hardball," the place for politics. c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. [ male announcer ] it's time for medicare open enrollment. are you ready? time to compare plans and see what's new. you don't have to make changes, but it's good to look. maybe you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and
in washington, d.c., we got some statistics from fema earlier today. they say they have plenty of money on hand. they have got $3.6 billion left in their contingency fund as of october 26th. they have spent some of that now, prepositioning generators in some of the hardest-hit areas so they got the material in advance but they say they have plenty of money left in the fund. now, president obama earlier today met with some of his top disaster officials, including the admin straighter of fema, mr. few gate, at the white house in the situation room, getting the latest there. federal officials telling us that they have the money they need now and they will be able to send that out to the states now that these disaster declarations have been made. here in washington, locally, the worst passed us by, a flooded potomac river it is still in its banks. that means the worst is over here. back to you guys. >> thank you vet. super storm sandy slamming the east coast. we will talk about the impact on the gross domestic product and the retailer. >>> this video just came in of atlantic city new jersey. sectio
be worried about you. we have had great cooperation from fema, the national guard, salvation army and from state officials and i wanted to thank all the individual companies and nonprofit who have donated so generously. that includes the road runners club donated a million dollars to the relief effort in that amount may go as high as $2 million if the runners club has asked each runner in this weekend's marathon to contribute $26.20, $1 for each mile of the race and hopefully some will be more than that. they are running this race to help new york city and donations from all the runners will be a big relief effort. if you remember, you go back to 9/11, i think they made the right decision in those days to run the marathon, it pulled people together, and we have to find some ways to express ourselves and show our solidarity with each other. we have raised almost $10 million for individuals and corporations including the charitable trust and the ceo of. my company, rupert murdoch. melissa: that was mayor michael bloomberg. we were waiting to hear what he was going to say about the marathon b
, and you talk about the bipartisanship. we have seen how government has needed to step in by way of fema. romney has, you know, points of view in the primary, drudged up again by him saying fema is not necessary. then we talk about bipartisanship. you're seeing president obama standing right next to what was a number one surrogate for romney. so you know, in the end, has this natural disaster how kind of skewed or changed some of the opinions or sentiments about what romney has been saying about government not working, government being too intrusive? >> nobody's suggesting that governor christy still isn't indorsing and supporting governor romney. clearly, he has and continues to do so. the fact is -- of the matter is we don't want government, we want it to be efficient and positive and working for individuals, not against individuals. so governor romney never said we don't need fema. what he said it was the local and state governmental entities that were the first individuals in in a disaster. that's exactly true. >> let me say this, fredricka. let me say this as a member of the homelan
, but that's under fema. fema stands for federal emergency management agency. and that's basically a response mechanism and i think they're doing a great job of responding, but it's not a funding mechanism. i heard they had $5 billion, $7 billion. yesterday the director said that they had $3 billion. but fema is not a funding mechanism for repairs. to rebuilding people's lives. so you have to understand that that's what fema does. the other obviously is the insurance industry which for the most part if you look at all of these catastrophes including katrina and you look at irene most has refunded the rebuilding of the world trade center has come from the insurance industry. >> i'm thinking about the mta. apparently it's costing the mta $18 million a day just in lost fares let alone whatever it's cost them to pump all this water out. is that covered by insurance? >> yes, in some cases it is. everybody has different kinds of -- andrew, everybody has different kinds of insurance. the wordings in the contracts are different. it could come under business interruption, it could come under service i
and by mi making sure that fema performs well and the entire federal bureaucracy responds officially, he gets points. he looks like a leader. he looks like someone in command. that's always good for undecided voters. it's always good to motivate someone in his base who wasn't sure they were going to vote. secondly, if you subscribe to the theory that the romney campaign had momentum t looked like it did in some of the swing states. this is a timeout for three days. it's like a basketball game where one side is coming back from being way down and they're only two buoyapoints down. all the sudden the scoreboard clock goes down. for ten minutes they repair the clock. after that, the team has lost its momentum. i think the guy that had momentum is hurt by a three-day layoff. thirdly, there's a fundamental distinction between the two campaigns and two visions. one says that government should get out of the way and let the private sector do its job. one, the president's campaign, said government's important. at a time like this, people are reminded as clearly and as graphically as they can be
was historic. record wave heights from the new jersey shore and the long island sound. fema crews are fanned out. >> i'm krystal ball. as if the wind and water weren't enough, at least 80 homes were destroyed in a massive fire that broke out in queens at the height of the storm. took 200 firefighters a full 12 hours to fully douse the flames. they had to use boats to rescue more than two dozen trapped. miraculously no one was seriously injured. >> i'm toure. this massive stormed is blamed for the deaths of 29 americans so far, nearly half in new york state. nearly 8.5 million homes and businesses are without power and the largest mass transit system in the nation is out of commission at least until the end of the work. underground is underwater. air travel is tricky at best right now. 15,000 flights have been canceled, and that number is climbing hour by hour. let's bring in chuck todd the on the president's visit to the red cross moments ago. you noted in the first read this morning that the president is out looking presidential, doing his job white mitt romney doesn't have anything to do i
the head of fema, director of fema, craig fugate, who is warning folks that this is not yet over. >> this is not over. we still have more weather to deal with. hopefully people will be able to stay safe until we get to the other side of the storm. [ male announcer ] new unisom natural nights. soothes you to sleep with ingredients like melatonin. it's safe with no side effects, so you wake up... ready to go. [ male announcer ] unisom natural nights. >> crews have fanned out across the northeast and mid-atlantic, trying to restore lex trelectri. storm stretches across a dozen states and the nation's capital. alison kosik tracking power problems and allison, the number seems to grow by the hour. how many people are we talking about who don't have power? >> numbers are getting bigger by the hour. up to 7.5 million customers without power. this includes 15 states that includes -- that's up from 13 because 2 new states in the mix, ohio and south carolina. it's because the storm is so big, the wind covers the 1,000-mile swath. you're seeing other states included. new jersey, though, hit
have to be fema commander in chief? to harold's point, when he goes back, what kind of events can he do? >> right. >> chuck, obviously, these hurricanes are tricky politics. again, it sounds awfully cynical. people's lives are on the line. but the next four years, where this country goes, depends how the president handles it, how mitt romney handles it. we certainly saw september 15th, 2008, began a process that led to barack obama being elected. you go back to '92. we're florida guys. go back to '92. we all remember 41 was seen as mishandling. >> spokesperson for dade county, i'll never forget her, she gets on, where's the cavalry? it was like boy, there was your headline for the entire country. where's the cavalry? it was a rough moment. >> you talk about another bush, 2005, george w. bush, if you talk to people that worked for president bush, they will tell you the low point of their eight years, it wasn't iraq. it wasn't wmds. it wasn't the horror of all of that. it was katrina and being caught sleeping and feeling like they had abandoned people in new orleans. it impacted them in a
involved. if we did not have fema and the coordination between all the governors and mayors working together -- i heard one governor saying that when we had this type of crisis before, a southern governor asked him from the north to sense of national guards people down and not only did they go down, but they said it was one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences they ever had. helping each other out, but putting together lives where people are saying they are lucky to be alive and able to move forward. we cannot imagine how we can do more to help those people. dagen: what can people do close back i have had a lot of people asked me. >> everybody knows somebody. one of the most serious obstacles of growing old is being lonely. if people could just call somebody to assure them that if they need anything that they are there. give them a call. let people know that we do not have to see each other every day to consider each other family. and for god's sake, do not let forgetting somebody come back and haunt us because we should have been there when we should have been. i have bee
a state of emergency in delaware. i believe that has changed since then in. >> he did, fema and the white house have been terrific to work with, very grateful to them. you know the way it works is they embed themselves, we have fema people at our emergency management agency to make it as seamless as possible, they've done a great job as have the incredible hundreds and thousands of people within delaware, the emergency response community, everybody from the national guard to the red cross volunteers to local law enforcement, state police, department of transportation, natural resources, all of those people have done a great job. >> what does a governor do? were you up all night? >> i was not up all night. i was out all day yesterday up very late the night before, and you know, basically last night on the phone a lot with -- >> at the mansion? >> actually at my house. >> did you lose power? >> we did have power. i was surprised we had power. >> you did have power. >> we did have power, but 40,000 plus people still without power so that's a lot in a state of our size. our population is 900,
seeing a lot of of flaws in the federal response, fema not getting a lot of these generators that they promised online quickly, so, i don't see any kind of a national move toward bigger government as a result. >> paul: kim, the other big story this week is that the romney campaign has been expanding the field. the electoral field moving into pennsylvania with a very big ad buy much bigger than the obama campaign and even talking a little how the fact that minnesota could be into play and the president was in wisconsin, and close to campaign in iowa, places where he should, you think he would have locked up. do you take this expansion of the field seriously? >> yeah, and i think that this is part of the momentum argument for romney, now, you've had the obama campaign desperately trying to tamp that down saying it's not true, it's not real. the reality is what you've seen since the denver debate is mitt romney pulling ahead in a lot of places, now, that momentum has slowed down a little bit in some of these very hard fought swing states like ohio and virginia, where the preside
. >> and also on staten island. fema and the red cross and other agencies, some of which were critized by authorities for not coming sooner. staten island hardest hit and in addition to the physical recovery there is an emotional recovery. we talk tod rob who lived 200 yards from the ocean. his home was badly damaged and he lived here 11 years and he described to me behatook place in the height of the storm, even though five days ago, he was brought to they're tears. >> it was the most horrifying thing i went not soap much for myself. my daughter and my animals and other than that i didn't care about anything else. i yust wanted to make them safe. i seen the water across the street and within five minutes. i had three feet in the front and eight in the back. >> rob's family is it okay, but so far, 21idatings here on staten island, a figure they fire may go higher. >> wow, what a storm. >> it is by far the last thing anybody want to hear in the run up to the election, new concerns of voters fraud in the battle ground states. details and who is making them. stay close. customer erin swen
that president obama can showrd shal leadership and he's helping people, using fema and other tools of the administration. i'm kind of skeptical of that because i think people understand that that's a president's job. i don't see the president getting much mileage out of that. but who knows. >> this is a random question. if the election were held tomorrow, would they ever cancel or delay the actual election itself due to weather,s that that ever happened? >> not to my knowledge. i think it would be very, very difficult to do. but, you know, stranger things have happened. i'm not aware that that's ever happened. i mean, it certainly happened in particular jurisdictions. you remember in 9/11, they moved the mayoral election in new york city. so certainly there's press department for in the catastrophic circumstance moving the date, but i've never seen that in a presidential election and i'd be very surprised if that happens. >> john harwood, stay safe today. appreciate your perspective on all of this. we'll still be dealing with this football metaphor when the game ends. >> when we co
is to be expected. of course, residents no doubt still reeling, and governor christie said fema will be a strong force here, no doubt, for many, many months. and he kept stressing that word, noting that this will be a very long recovery process. people are just starting to try and put the number on very early estimates. back to you. >> kayla, it looks like we're taking a few hits from your shot, but it is surprising to see the lights behind you. i don't know if you can still hear us, kayla. have they had these lights on the whole time with generators? is that a new change? looks like we're losing kayla's shot. >> reporter: they do have massive generators that have been powering those casinos. bally's has been housing essential personnel like hospital workers and police that are here in atlantic city. most of the traffic lights are back on. there are some that are still out. actually, there's a lot of power. yesterday we were broadcasting from outside caesar's. i spoke to someone there. their casino was up, and all the machines were on. kelly clarkson was playing outside on the speakers. but it's
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